Yeah Fred! YEAH!
Freddy, that mixture of coffee tastes much better than the vodka I hurled up at 3am New Years Day at Mr1Precision's house. Ooof ...that was a 3 day recovery. Stuff sneaks up on ya!
Anyone else get that winter depression crap? Man, I've got it bad this year. Days get shorter, air gets frigid .. just wears on your soul. Older I get, worse it gets. I get tired at 19:00 .. and sleep until 08:00. What a waste of time! Wish I never left Phoenix - that was the happiest 2 years of my life! We're only 2 month into this winter thing & I'm sick of it already.
Got some new sneakers on the Ficus (yeah, fake car ... hehehee) the other day. Picked up the same ones we have on the Blazer (Firestone Winterforce), as they seem to hold up pretty damn good the past 2 seasons.
As seems to be the routine around here the past year, the whole job went to hell about 10 minutes in. Took me 7 hours to do 4 damn tires! Tire machine was screwing up. Got a frigged up valve controlling the jaws. Air would piss out of it while the jaws moved a 1/4" an hour. Think the cold was playing havoc with it. With my patience level that sent me into an angry frenzy. Luckily the hammer, pipe, and wrench I hurled across the barn didn't connect with anything important. Chinese tire machine ... all the valves are PLASTIC! Good thing I knew that ahead of time or I'd have set it on fire trying to heat it up with the Mapp torch. SO I fought with that ... then of course got a couple rims that were so corroded the bead would've leaked ... so had to fight with the jaws 8 more times to wire wheel all the aluminum corrosion off the rims. Everything seemed 10x harder than it was since it was 30° out there. Nose dripping all over everything, hands & knuckles bleeding all over the rims .. although I couldn't feel them. Then, the tires won't seat. None of my tricks worked - tie down strap, sitting on the tire .. nothing. Was about to get some gas, but in the mood I was in decided that was a bad idea. After throwing some more tools around, I ended up just quickly painting some bead sealer around the rim with the tire already mounted. That was enough to trap the air for the split-second needed to force the tire bead over and seal it up. Now, to balance them. I realized I'm all out of MC wheel weights. Spent WAY too long bending and prying the wrong style weights to fit. Reused as many of the old ones as I could. Slipped and took more skin off. Man, what a pain in the ass!!
Imagine the luxury of paying someone to do this stuff! I hear that's how the other half lives .... LOL!